Yogic Breathing For Both On & Off the Mat

Posted by Kerry Burki on 9/19/16 10:53 AM

Today we are sharing a breathing technique taught in our Yoga Teacher Training programs! It is commonly used during yoga practice and meditation. It can also be a great way to start your day, recharge midday, and unwind at the end of the day.  

It is the Ujjayi Breath or Victorious Breath. Ujjayi (pronounced oo-jai) breath creates a sound that helps synchronize the movements with the breath during a yoga practice. In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali suggests that the breath should be both long and smooth.  

Begin by sitting tall and comfortably and you can close the eyes for more focus. Start to take deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Then, start to exhale like you are trying to fog up a mirror. Continue breathing like this. Notice the contraction you are creating in the back of your throat. Half way through your next exhale, begin to close your mouth while still exhaling like you are trying to fog up a mirror. 

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Topics: yoga, breathe, Yoga Teacher Training, Yogic Breathing, Ujjayi Breath, Breathing Techniques, Patanjali, Yoga Sutras, Breathwork, Pranayama, YTT

NOW is the Time to Begin the Practice of . . . . .

Posted by KC on 9/1/16 4:06 PM

The first word of the ancient Yoga Sutras is atha, which means NOW. In Sanskrit, atha is pronounced ah-tah.  In the yogic tradition, atha consists of two of the sacred sounds of ‘a’ and ‘tha’,  which are thought to be vibrational keys that unlock our chakras  -- the spinning wheels of energetic consciousness we all have within us.  When we say, or mindfully chant, atha the sacred language is said to unlock the portals of Truth (our 6th chakra) and our Divine connection (the 7th Crown chakra).  

Not only does atha means NOW, it indicates a conscious decision to start something that will be practiced with a deep commitment, over a sustained period of time.  Often when translating the word atha it is explained as a term indicating an auspicious, or significantly special, beginning.

Atha could easily be compared to the decision one might make to do something as committedly as deciding to stop drinking alcohol. It doesn’t happen overnight.  It takes practice and a daily commitment.  The well-known phrase ‘One day at a time’ exemplifies Yoga Sutra 1.1.   

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Topics: yoga, Atha, National Yoga Awareness Month, Yoga Sutras, Serious Sutra Seekers, chakra

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